Apr 9, 2014 RiOrius commented on The Rise of Heroin in America.
I don't have any firsthand experience with the matter, but as I imagine what it's like to always love and be there for an addict, I start to see scenarios that look to me an awful lot like enabling. If I let an addict sleep on my couch for a while and he proceeds to pawn my TV for drug money (as I understand it this is a realistic scenario?), then how do I react?

How do I continue supporting the person without letting them take too much advantage of my kindness?
Mar 27, 2014 RiOrius commented on Best Easter Egg Ever.
I was actually really disappointed by the representation of Seattle. I really expected to be able to navigate based on knowing how the Seattle neighborhoods are laid out IRL, but the in-game Seattle is very different. You enter the city on the 520 bridge and show up in a district called Queen Anne, in the northwest corner of the city. Belltown's in the northeast, the south side of Seattle is an island, etc.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't expect it to be completely accurate, but I wanted the layout to be similar.
Jan 17, 2014 RiOrius commented on A Douche In the Life.
@4 I took that to mean that the glasses were identifying and recording what food he ate, which sounds amazing. Being able to automatically and effortlessly analyze your diet for nutrition would be incredible.

@5 You do know that that's not what the actual Google Glasses do, right? This is fantasy: speculation on what might one day be possible. The Google Glasses are way less obtrusive, just a small screen in the corner of your vision. Less distracting, but also less useful.
Sep 30, 2013 RiOrius commented on How to Dance Your Job Away.
I dunno, I would expect a professional video producer to know better than to use white text on such light backgrounds.
Aug 23, 2013 RiOrius commented on NPR Says It Will Continue to Refer to Chelsea Manning as "He" Until Her Gender Is "Actually Physically" Changed.
@31 Don't news outlets respect Willard Romney's naming preferences, referring to him by his middle name Mitt? And William Clinton? Lady Gaga and Snoop Lion?

How come news outlets are free to use whatever name they choose (including the hilarious "Barack Hussein Obama" Fox insisted on for as long as they could get away with) for everyone else, but for Chealsea they suddenly care about what's on her driver's license?
Jul 1, 2013 RiOrius commented on Obama Bats for Big Pharma in India.
I'm confused: if most of the new drugs come from publicly-funded labs, who owns those copyrights? Can't we just let the generic producers just crank out those drugs, rather than the privately patented "me too" drugs?
Jun 24, 2013 RiOrius commented on Ken Hoinsky, Author of Controversial "Seduction Guide" Funded Via Kickstarter, Apologizes.
@21 Oh sorry: I didn't realize you hadn't originated the misunderstanding, but were merely propagating it. My bad.

For the record, PUA in general and, I'm presuming, the kickstarted book specifically, aren't just about vaginas. FYI.
Jun 24, 2013 RiOrius commented on Ken Hoinsky, Author of Controversial "Seduction Guide" Funded Via Kickstarter, Apologizes.
@17 Oh good, someone else who thinks that this is just about desperate guys looking to get laid. It's not like men could ever want more than that from a relationship, right?
Jun 24, 2013 RiOrius commented on Ken Hoinsky, Author of Controversial "Seduction Guide" Funded Via Kickstarter, Apologizes.
I don't think it's unreasonable for a man having trouble dealing with women to turn to other men for advice.

First of all, such a man might just not be comfortable interacting with women. Especially when it comes to admitting one's shortcomings and discussing very sensitive, emotional subjects.

But also from a practical perspective: while Jane Doe may be able to give advice on how to date Jane Doe, or her friends, a man who has successfully dated many women would presumably have a more broad perspective on women in general.

Every person is different, after all. And the more experience someone has with large numbers of people, the more applicable that experience will be in general.

Also, while a woman might know what she sees from her perspective on a date, that doesn't necessarily help her see what the man was doing to create that perspective. She may see a casual-looking hairstyle and outfit that the man painstakingly put together. She may see a spontaneous mid-date suggestion that the man had prepared a week in advance. She may see a confident, assertive man who was internally insecure and nervous. And so on.

If you want tips on how to cook, I'm sure a food critic would have some very useful things to say, but I expect a chef would have even better advice.

That said, if you know of any women-authored dating advice for men books you'd recommend, I'd be curious to check them out.
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Jun 21, 2013 RiOrius commented on Kickstarter Apologizes for Not Removing "Seduction Guide" Fundraiser.
@21 Yes, every individual is different. But that doesn't mean there aren't commonalities among people in general, or social skills that are transferable from one person to another. I mean, How To Make Friends and Influence People is generally regarded as worthwhile, right?

Frankly, it sounds like you're the one purporting that women are "mystical" and "unknowable," as though it's impossible to give advice on how one might be more successful at interacting with them.